panditah134798

panditah134798

wasatch range

panditah134798's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Yoga
Skiing

panditah134798's Bio

Born and raised in NorCal, spent a decade in CO, now a Wasatch Crest player when I'm not a working stiff...
I spend most of my time either in the canyons (mainly BCC) or wishing I was, loving this incredible playground that we are so lucky to be able to enjoy. When not here, I can generally be found in the southern Utah desert or road tripping in the West.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on October 12, 2014

Practical as well as being cool...
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Compared to the battle axe, this thing is actually useful. I use it for prepping tinder and smaller logs. For anything big, I prefer a real axe or a maul. It's pretty light, the blade is good, the pointy end is good for prying up rocks and whatnot, and it is quite nice as a throwing axe.
True, I will never use this for tactical purposes. I've heard it's good for that too!

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on October 12, 2014

You want this thing
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Return to your roots. Fire. Sharp objects. Providing for your family by preparing camp for roasting marshmallows (and being ready to slice up zombies).
Good stuff: very sharp blade, 2 saws integrated, good size for machete work. I can whack a 2 inch stump limb off without much effort.
Less good stuff: the sharp blade is fragile, don't hit a rock or you will bend it. A bit harder to clean due to the saw blades. Putting it back in the sheath takes some care to not shred your clothes.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on October 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this for throwing and have really used it only for opening packages and killing my hapless targets.
Really nice blade. Very well balanced, accurate and the handle is comfortable. Bit better steel than some of the other SOG offerings. Easy to carry, light and stable. tends to live in my pocket or belt these days.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on October 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Once again, stoic comes through with a great deal on merino.
Super comfy. Neither too hot nor cold, not stinky even when I am.
Good summer, winter, running and other active things, etc.
I'm a 31" waist with lots of junk in the trunk and muscly thighs and these things fit great with much less ride-up than I normally have.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on October 11, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Stoic stuff always seems to have some quirky flaw, although I like it anyway. And I've never reviewed underwear, so this is a little embarrassing...
Pro: very light, very airy. As others say, they feel like you're not wearing them. So that's awesome.
Con: the fly is a little "loose". Not to be crude, but if you have any dangling, you will end up through the fly and it's like your beans are segregated from your sausage. Strange feeling, and correcting this takes some finagling in order to not look like a pervert.
Deal breaker? No. I've had this with other boxers and it seems like the ones with lighter fabric have this issue. A little weird? Yes.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on October 11, 2014

thwonk!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Practical? not so much. Yes, you could conceivably do some yard work with this but there are way better tools for the job (tomahawk better for whacking limbs (trees, not humans although I suppose you might throw in zombies), machete better for clearing stuff).
What is it good for? as the others have noted, its great for throwing. The spike on the other end makes it engage well. I have targets set up in my backyard for knives and whatnot and this is fun to throw at them.
My only gripe: not super well made, the handle broke after about 12 throws. Of course, the nice folk at BC exchanged it (they rule, but you all knew that) and I reinforced the handle/tang . So not a huge deal. This is a general issue with SOG: they seem to make some great stuff and some less great stuff, the price is a reasonable indicator.
1 star docked for durability, but I'd buy it anyway because you KNOW you like throwing things at logs!!

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on September 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had dynomytes (2.25's in a different color) for many many years (over 15). I was torn, but eventually added the head wind unit. I had gotten some advice that it would be "too much" but I must disagree.
I am hardly a world class athlete and am much more a weekend wannabe, but I really like this set up. I can spin the lower gears and really open up my cadence, but I can also grind at 40's rpms in the lowest gears. The fan, while not really intended for this, does provide a little air flow. It is nice to be able to adjust the opening to really crank up the resistance, but with the 2.25 in rollers, I basically never go beyond the first couple of openings. In my lowest gear at the second fan setting, that is plenty hard enough for me most of the season.
I have the fork stand for standing workouts, one-legged workouts, and general movie-watching-space-out sessions, but I rarely use it, as I really am sort of addicted to true roller workouts.
I think I would have a more versatile setup with 3 in rollers, but I'm sticking with this.
It's only downside: the rollers don't fold up well with the fan on, and it is a beeotch to move these around but I don't carry the rollers far so that's not a huge deal for me.
I think--and it seems to be the general consensus--that Kreitler is the gold standard. My drums are perfect after over a decade of use, and literally the only maintenance I've done is 1) tighten bolts 2) replace belt (very rarely) 3) wipe off the frame after use. Great stuff.
For roller newbies, you can also check out the e-motion rollers. These are pretty sweet albeit pricey and not super portable.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the orange version of this. I was looking for a glove that was WAY visible for running and that had an iPhone compatible finger. This definitely has all that and a bag of chips. They are way way orange, I can do phone things without taking them off. Additionally, they are surprisingly warm for how thin they are. They have a nylon mesh pocket on the back of the right glove, perfect for a key or whatnot. The only thing I don't like is that there is a plastic hook (I assume to keep a key on and tuck into the pocket). However, if you're not doing this and don't secure the hook, it keeps whacking the inside of your hand. Surprisingly more annoying than you would think.
If you don't carry a key, I think this problem can be solved via some vaguely sharp scissors….

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 14, 2014

well designed but a small flaw...
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like most things from Arcteryx, it's overall a great product.
What I like:
It is super light and the brim is a very soft material that can be rolled up.
It is very airy and wicks really nicely.
I happen to like this kind of brim: one that is short but steep (think of a cycling cap). Less for keeping sun off your face/neck but great for keeping sun or rain out of your eyes without being very visible. I really can't see it when it's on, which is great.
The only downside (and it is a real downside) is that it is TOTALLY unadjustable and the material is not super stretchy. It's a little snug on my head . If I had a bigger noggin, I would definitely get a headache.
I don't know if this a real downside, but the instructions read to spot wash only (i.e. no washing machine). My hats get pretty skanky, so I'll be testing this one out for sure.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 5, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I got these to be a more supportive, firmer flip (compared to olukais). While the sole's are indeed firmer, I have 2 gripes
1) the straps are snug. Like real snug. I had to break them in by squashing a tennis ball in there for a couple of days. That worked pretty well but I still can't just slide my foot it. I need to do some serious wiggling
2) while supportive, they are no birks. My flat planks will slowly spill over the sides (grotesque, I know). And the bed of these is not as comfy as the cork version of the soles (which, again, are not birks).
Bottom line: pretty good, definitely better for long ambles than regular flips but I think they'd be better for a narrower and less voluminous foot.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love these. It is hard to assess my "familiarity" with them, in that I don't know if I've put them through the ringer but I have DEFINITELY put them through my digestive tract.
Addicted to them and, so far, I've not found a flavor I don't love. I have only 2 issues with them:
1) my 5 year old is also addicted to them, which means less for me
2) I like the clifblok packaging better for eating when biking.
Of all cycling/skiing snacks, these (and clifbloks) are my favorites....

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

Good, not amazing
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

As others have noted, they run a bit a bit snug. And they are not slip-ons. And they don't provide any arch support.
On the plus note, the fleece is very soft and warm, the sole is grippy, and they are pretty darn good for lounging, especially at camp or somewhere where a softer sole is going to get destroyed and a true slipper is going to get a bunch of dirt/rocks/scorpions/ whatever in it.
Overall, I use old school boiled wool slippers if I'm in the house but I do use these if I'm going in and out, or if I'm camping.

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